State to provide $800,000 to James Madison University for wind-training facility

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Virginia will provide $800,000 in funding for the development of a wind energy facility at James Madison University.  Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced the initiative Thursday during a keynote address for the school’s State Wind Energy Symposium. He said funds for a small wind-testing and -training facility will come from federal stimulus funds flowing to Virginia’s energy program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The U. S. Department of Energy has given preliminary approval for the funding and final approval is expected soon.  Bolling said the proposed facility “will help increase the potential for the growth of green jobs in Virginia, while advancing implementation of wind power across the commonwealth.”  He noted that JMU, home of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy, is well positioned to take the lead in the creation of wind-energy training. 

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